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SNFS Starting Grant for Prof. Jonathan De Roo


The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) awards a highly endowed sponsorship prize to Prof. Jonathan De Roo from the Department of Chemistry.

With their Starting Grants, the SNSF supports outstanding young researchers in Switzerland and enables them to lead a research project with their own team. Grantees at the pre-professorial stage of their careers will receive an appointment as assistant professor, if they haven’t already this position.

The SNSF Starting Grants are a transition measure launched by the SNSF on behalf of the federal government because Switzerland is still considered a non-associated third country in the European research programme Horizon Europe, and researchers in Switzerland are not eligible to apply to the ERC Starting Grant.

In 2023, the SNSF selected a total of 67 projects, six will go to the University of Basel, among them the project of Prof. Jonathan De Roo. The scientists will be supported by the SNSF with CHF 1.7 to 1.8 million over a period of five years.

Prof. Dr. Jonathan De Roo has been an Assistant Professor with tenure track at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Basel since 2019. Prior to that, he conducted research at Columbia University and Ghent University. The aim of his SNSF Starting Grant project is to develop recyclable sponges with programmable structures from metal oxo clusters. These sponges are used as catalysts, for example in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals or in water purification.

Website of the research group De Roo